Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Nicole Mclinnes
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Agnes and Moira are the best of friends. Moira is also Agnes's protector. Agnes has Progeria, causing her body age a lot more quickly than other people, so she is very fragile and could easily get hurt. Making it through high school is hard enough without having to deal with looking like an old lady. With Agnes dealing with looking old and Moira being made fun of because of her size, they keep to themselves, even when Boone, an estranged friend, says sorry and tries to fix things. Eventually, the three become friends again by helping each other deal with life and it's struggles, until the day that Agnes dies. Moira and Boone are very sad, but they still have each other and can move on together.
This is a great story of friendship and helping each other through thick and thin. Agnes, Moira, and Boone take turns narrating, allowing readers to see exactly whats going on in their heads. Every chapter starts with a different day as well, starting with Day 100 and ending with Day one. This book fills a rare niche in addressing the condition of Progeria and living life to the fullest no matter what. Although the story focuses on Agnes, it also shares Moira's struggles of being made fun of because of how she looks and Boone's difficulties dealing with a depressed mother and providing for his family. This would be a good read for anyone that may be struggling and needs proof that there's a light at the end of the tunnel; they just need to hold out a little longer.
*Contains mild language.